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Title: Remittances and income diversification in Bolivia's rural sector
Authors: Lazarte Alcala, Naneida Regina 
Adkins, Lee C. 
Lahiri, Bidisha 
Savvides, Andreas 
Major Field of Science: Social Sciences
Field Category: Economics and Business
Keywords: Bolivia;Income diversification;Latin America;Remittances;Rural-urban migration
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2014
Source: Applied Economics, 2014, vol. 46, no. 8, pp. 848-858
Volume: 46
Issue: 8
Start page: 848
End page: 858
Journal: Applied Economics 
Abstract: This article examines the role of remittances in income diversification strategies in Bolivia's rural sector. Remittances can be consumed or invested by the recipient. As an investment, funds can be used for farming or to finance other nonfarm productions. In this article, we use a large and nationally representative survey to estimate the effect that remittances have on the probability of producing income from nonfarm activities (diversification) by using a bivariate probit model. Our evidence shows that remittances increase the probability that a rural family engages in nonfarm activities, at least in some regions of Bolivia. We also find evidence that the sender's decision to remit and the recipient's decision to diversify may be jointly determined. As such, this suggests that remittances may serve as a mechanism to overcome localized failures in Bolivia's capital markets.
ISSN: 1466-4283
DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2013.854300
Rights: © Taylor & Francis
Type: Article
Affiliation : Oklahoma Department of Human Services 
Oklahoma State University 
Cyprus University of Technology 
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